#41271  by milobender
 Sun Apr 06, 2008 12:08 pm
It makes noise! Sounds great, but has a few bugs still... the neck pup tone control doesn't work, and the TS works for a minute or two, then quits??? I may have hurt it handling it so much... anyway just small bugs, plays good, sustains good, and sounds fine. It's amazing how much difference moving the pups makes! I think I'm going to make custom dual single coils/humbuckers for the bridge and mid pups, as they sound so much different (both with unique character) moved as far forward as possible, and back as far as possible... And I have to finish the set up/nut, everythings just functional... I had to see if it worked :smile:



I'll put some more pics on the website later today.

Oh, and the cover plate isn't finished yet... the circle will be very dark - it's walnut burl. I'll get it finish sanded today...


 #41300  by Shooster
 Sun Apr 06, 2008 10:47 pm
Whoa , sign me up for one of them...

by the way milo, you live in Laramie? I spent some time there over the summer as it was were my van's engine decided to blow up on me... beautiful country though.

 #41317  by Tennessee Jedi
 Mon Apr 07, 2008 7:39 am
Thats really sharp looking.
Looks like you did an awesome job.
You gotta let us hear it !
Keep posting ! :smile:

 #41319  by broomhead
 Mon Apr 07, 2008 8:22 am
thats an absolutely beautiful guitar. Really elegant.. The brass work, knobs, the design everything fits together so well.

I'm really impressed! you have a great eye for design aesthetics.

If it sounds anywhere near as good as it looks, she must scream.


 #41490  by milobender
 Wed Apr 09, 2008 9:08 am
Thanks for the compliment Joe,I've done quite a bit of sculpting as well as woodworking... You look at a guitar body and think it's such a simple shape, but when you get into it, it's not as easy as it seems :shock:

The bugs are all worked out, forgot to put a ground wire to the pickup shielding, wrong connection on the selector switch (bad assumption that the back lugs are a mirror of the front lugs... gotta watch those assumptions!), and the winner for the day... an intermittently failing, brand new, 3pdt switch :? That took a while to figure out...

The only thing left undone, is the final adjustment of the nut/action (it's still too high) and the finish on the cover plate. I have to put a coat on, wait 12 hours, and do it again... it will take a few more days to finish.

But it plays great, sounds great, I'm really pleased. :cool: I'll put the finished pics up soon, and sound clips as soon as I figure out how to do it...

I've played it at least 6 hours already and I'm really happy with it. I wish I had a bigger variety of amps to try it out with. The clips will be thru the '67 Champ, with only a bit of Real Tube reverb added. The mikes I have aren't great, so there's a bit of the real "quality" of the sound missing. But you'll get the idea...

I've just finished the stereo cable for the effects loop... gonna try that today.


 #41869  by milobender
 Tue Apr 15, 2008 12:09 pm
It's finally really finished! :smile: :smile: :smile: :smile:

Weight is just under 9 pounds, onboard TS with true bypass switch and LED (gotta have lights with the knobs!), Waldo's UGB, effects loop and bypass switch, complete active electronics bypass switch, 2 tone, 1 volume, and 5 position switch, Schaller wrap-around bridge, Grover locking tuners, and homemade Strat type pups.
I'll try to get some audio clips up tonight, if not tomorrow...
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 #41871  by Tennessee Jedi
 Tue Apr 15, 2008 12:18 pm
What a beautiful guitar !
:cool: :cool: :cool:
:D :D :D

 #41873  by Mick
 Tue Apr 15, 2008 12:52 pm
That is really sweet looking! I love the way the neck fits on the body, with the contours of the body seemingly perfectly continuing into the neck, even though it is a bolt-on!!!

Speaking of the bolt-on, I am also impressed with the countersink on the top two bolts, right at the edge! Looks like there was more than ample opportunity to mess that up, but it looks perfect!

 #41875  by milobender
 Tue Apr 15, 2008 1:06 pm
Yep, I was sweating bullets during that phase... :D
There wasn't a 1/32" to spare... it was ALMOST too narrow. But it worked, and it's amazing how much more comfortable this design is compared to the regular Fender block-cut. You get several more frets higher in comfort.

 #41878  by strumminsix
 Tue Apr 15, 2008 1:57 pm
Wow! She is beautiful! Congrats!!

 #41887  by caspersvapors
 Tue Apr 15, 2008 3:38 pm
dude make a youtube vid of you playing it

 #41890  by spacehead333
 Tue Apr 15, 2008 6:08 pm
Great guitar man. Just curious as to what you made the neck/headstock out of?